Allen visits wounded Afghan Spy Chief in Bagram
By Sadaf Shinwari - Sat Dec 08 2012, 10:28 am
Gen. John Allen, commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force, visited Asadullah Khalid in the military hospital at Bagram Air Field Friday, a day after the head of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security was wounded in a failed assassination attempt.
Gen. Allen discussed Khalid’s condition with his surgical and medical teams and spent a few minutes at the intelligence chief’s bedside.
“Asadullah Khalid has led the National Directorate of Security with great courage and determination,” said Gen. Allen following the visit. “I wish this lionhearted Afghan patriot a speedy recovery. My prayers are with him and his family during this trying period.”
Afghanistan’s intelligence chief, who was seriously wounded Thursday in an assassination attempt, is being treated at a U.S. military base outside of Kabul.
Afghan officials say a suicide bomber carrying a peace message on behalf of the Taliban attacked National Directorate of Security (NDS) head Asadullah Khalid at a guest house in Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast.
Khalid was transferred to a hospital at the Bagram Air Base, and on Friday, the head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General John Allen, visited him there.
In the meantime United States on Friday strongly condemned the attack on Afghanistan’s head of intelligence, Asadullah Khalid, describing it as a cowardly act of terror.
“We join Afghanistan in condemning this attack that injured the head of National Directorate of Security, Asadullah Khalid,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner old reporters.